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Posted on: June 18, 2010 12:01 am

Lakers win NBA Finals!

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant couldn't make a field goal. Pau Gasol couldn't make a free throw. Andrew Bynum couldn't play in the fourth quarter.

Anyone care? Lakers fans?

The Lakers won their second consecutive NBA title Thursday night by out-gritting Boston 83-79 in a Game 7 that had very few good individual performances but all sorts of hustle and effort. The Lakers dominated the Celtics on the boards, got rugged defense from Ron Artest on Paul Pierce, and withstood a late barrage of 3-pointers from the Celtics.

Rajon Rondo's 3-pointer with 16.2 seconds left drew Boston within 81-79, but Sasha Vujacic hit two free throws with 11.7 seconds left to seal it.
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Posted on: June 15, 2010 11:38 pm

Celtics stink, Perkins hurt, we got a Game 7

LOS ANGELES -- The Boston Celtics were bad on Tuesday night. As bad as Kendrick Perkins' right knee.

And Perkins' knee is messed up .

Perkins, the Celtics' starting center, went out for the game -- and probably the season, such as it is -- in the first quarter. Considering his counterpart -- Lakers center Andrew Bynum -- also left the game early, the loss of Perkins doesn't matter much. Lots of people will write lots of words today on Perkins. They're doing so only because they have to.

The real story from the Lakers' 89-67 victory in Game 6 wasn't the Celtics' injury. It was the Celtics' ineptitude.

Everyone on the C's bench was miserable, starting with the miserable human being that is Rasheed Wallace (0-for-7 from the floor) and extending to jovial Glen Davis. Most of the C's starting lineup was miserable too. Paul Pierce was decent, and Ray Allen had a good first quarter. And that's it. Everyone else? Miserable.

The Lakers, meanwhile, had balanced scoring, a great all-around game from Pau Gasol and a muted but effective performance from Kobe Bryant.

Add it up, and you have seven ... Game 7. Thursday night.

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Posted on: June 7, 2010 12:03 am

Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and oh my

LOS ANGELES -- Ray Allen had 32 points, Rajon Rondo had a triple-double and Kobe Bryant had a bad game, and that combination was enough for the Celtics to beat the Lakers 103-94 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, evening the series at one game each before it heads back to Boston for Games 3, 4 and 5.

This game was nuts. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were horrible, and Boston won. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum were awesome, and Los Angeles lost.

That's how good Allen and Rondo were. And that's how bad -- relatively speaking, of course -- Bryant was.

And that's also how bad Lamar Odom was. Love the guy. He's as nice as he can be. But holy cow has Odom been useless in Games 1 and 2. The Lakers overcame his putridness in Game 1. They couldn't do it again in Game 2. Odom had three points, five rebounds and one assist. He had five fouls. He played just 15 minutes, and the Lakers would have been better had he not played at all.

And Ron Artest wasn't much better. Artest was 1-for-10 from the floor and went one-on-one in the final minutes, wasting time before missing shots.

Even so, the Lakers could have survived had it not been for Allen and Rondo, who played as good as any backcourt has played, in tandem, in a long, long time in the NBA Finals.

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Posted on: June 4, 2010 12:00 am
Edited on: June 4, 2010 12:29 am

Short series if this keeps up

LOS ANGELES -- Boston can't beat Los Angeles under most circumstances, but Boston definitely can't beat the Lakers under these:

With Kevin Garnett getting severely outplayed by Pau Gasol.

With Ray Allen contributing nothing but a handful of baskets. No rebounds. No assists. No impact.

With Rajon Rondo shooting poorly from the floor (6-for-14) and the foul line (1-for-4).

With Paul Pierce being a complementary player most of the game. Never mind his final scoring line of 24 points. More than half of that came in the fourth quarter, which was garbage time.

Add it up, and the Celtics lost Game 1 of the NBA Finals 102-89.

Going forward, the Celtics have to improve in just about every area -- scratch that; in every area -- or this series might not come back to Los Angeles for Game 6. No need, if the Lakers win it in five games.

Or four.

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Posted on: June 14, 2009 5:38 pm

Lakers love a (victory) parade

ORLANDO, Fla. -- And they've already planned it!

Calm down. They're supposed to plan it. I bet Orlando team officials have had preliminary discussions with city people about a victory parade for the Magic, as well. Well, maybe not.

But it is smart for a team to look ahead, and the Lakers have looked so far ahead that they have the Los Angeles Coliseum ready for a post-parade rally, after if the Lakers finish off Orlando soon.

The city has no idea how it will pay for the parade, however. Los Angeles, the city, faces more than $200 million in budget cuts ... and now has to come up with $1 million for a parade? Makes no sense, in the grand scheme of things. But parades are mandatory, because that's what we as a society do. We cling to our cliches, and the victory parade is the grandest cliche of them all. So the Lakers will get their parade, even if the team has to cover the bill itself.

Orlando officials, start planning your parade, too. Just in case.

Ah, never mind.
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